4 weeks from $1980
When? You can start the Travelling classroom Ecuador any Sunday of the year.
You will have 20 hours of group classes at all locations except for the jungle location, at the jungle location you will receive 15 hours of group classes. Groups of max 6 students, more likely groups of 3 or 4 students.
You will stay with in a guest family in Quito, Cuenca and Manta, with two meals per day. Included are breakfast and dinner. In the jungle you’l sleep in a shared room in a beautiful jungle lodge (all meals included). In Montañita a shared cabaña is your accommodation. No meals included here but you wull have a large kitchen at your disposal and cook with your fellow students. At an additional cost you can request a private room in the jungle and Montañita.
The great advantage of this tour that there is no minimum number of participants, so it will never be cancelled. Below a short video of the week in Manta (week 3 if you start in Quito).
Apart from the Spanish classes, we offer the following activities and excursions:
1st week of the Ecuador Travelling Classroom: Quito
City tour in the old colonial part of Quito.
Ecuadorian cooking class.
Famous cable car trip above Quito `Quito by night`.
Visit the Equator, the center of the world (Mitad del Mundo) and museum Intiñan.
Full day excursion.
Visit National Park Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world! You’ll walk up and you’ll race downhill on a mountain bike. An Adrenaline injection guaranteed! Lunch packet is included. You will need different types of clothing on this day.
Early morning start. On the road to either Cuenca or the jungle.
In the next week of the Travelling Classroom Ecuador: your choice to go either to Cuenca or the amazon jungle.
2nd week of the Ecuador Travelling Classroom: option 1 Cuenca
Transfer from the bus station to your host family
City tour. Cuenca is located in the south of Ecuador in the Andes at an altitude of 2500 meter. The city was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish. It has two cathedrals, the first one was inaugurated in 1557 and the other one in 1880. A monastery and archaeological digs from the Inca period make this place special.
Salsa dance class
Visit the museum of Banco Central, the Ruins of Pumapungo and the Inca garden.
Visit the site Ingapirca.
Free day with optional activity (not included in the program).
Trip to Manta
Or choose one week of Spanish classes in the JUNGLE:
2nd week of the Ecuador Travelling Classroom: option 2 Jungle
Arrival late afternoon in the jungle lodge
Inner-tubing (drift down the jungle river on a big truck tire) or you`ll build your own raft and float on in down river*.
Hike on bird island.
Visit an Indian community where you will go blow fishing and drink chicha (fermented corn drink) or you’ll visit a shaman*.
Test your luck: dig for gold in the river and you will practice artisan fishing. Or you visit the animal rescue center in the jungle*
Jungle hike in the reserve `Viva Selva’. Indian community. Make your own chocolate. Travelling Classroom
Here you will see many different species of monkeys. But also owls, toucans, felines and capybaras. These last ones are very big groundhogs that can weigh up to 80 kilos. No need to be afraid, they are not dangerous, they only eat plants.
Free day, optional activities are possible at own cost.
To Manta: By bus to Quito and from there by plane to Manta.
*alternating these different activities are offered. We can’t tell you which activity will take place in the week you plan to go.
3rd week of the Ecuador Travelling Classroom: Manta
Transfer from the bus station (coming from Cuenca) or airport (coming from jungle) to your guest family.
Salsa dance class.
To Monte Cristi where the well known Panama hats are made.
You`ll go hang gliding!!!
Ecuadorian cooking class.
Day trip to Isla de la Plata.
These islands are also known as ‘poor man’s’ Galapagos. You will see a lot of special animals like Blue footed boobies and nests with albatrosses. With a bit of luck you will see whales on their way to the Galapagos islands.
4th week of the Ecuador Travelling Classroom: Montañita
Transport from the bus station to your cabaña (shared cabaña).
Monday through Friday
Here in Montañita you will have Spanish classes four hours per day from Monday through Friday. 4 afternoons (not on Friday) surf classes for one hour. If you’ve had enough of the waves then you can also take a dip in the swimming pool of the school. Besides this there are additional cultural activities:
Wednesday afternoon: Ecuadorian cooking class
Thursday afternoon: Salsa dance class
Day trip to other beaches close by to surf, relax, swim and work on your tan.
End of program. Or transport to Quito when you have started your Travelling Classroom in another place than Quito.
Inclusive in the Travelling Classroom Ecuador of 4 weeks:
- 75 hours of Spanish classes in a group of max. 6 students. Most of the time there are 3 or 4 students of the same level in one group.
- Accommodation: in Quito, Cuenca (when you choose this town) and Manta you will stay with a host family where you get 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner). When you book alone you`ll get a single room. In the jungle week a shared room in a jungle lodge with all meals is included. In Montañita you will stay in a shared cabaña; (private cabañas are available for a surcharge of $65 per week). Here there are no meals included but you either cook with other students or will go out for dinner in one of the cheap restaurants in the village.
- All mentioned activities and excursions.
- All transportation between the places. Including the flight from Quito to Manta if you choose the jungle option. All other transportation is by bus.
- Wi-Fi Internet connection at all schools, also in the jungle!
- Class material at your level.
- Test on Sunday to determine your level of Spanish if you are no longer a beginner.
- Internet and library use except in the jungle.
- Coffee or tea in the breaks.
- Certificate of class assistance.
- Extensive travel information before leaving on your trip and assistance on the spot.
Not included in the Travelling Classroom Ecuador:
- Flight to Quito. The airportcode for Quito is UIO. The most important airlines that fly to Quito are:
Avianca, Aeromexico, American Airlines, Copa, Iberia, KLM, United, Delta. The airport code for Guayaquil is GYE. The most important airlines which fly to Guayaquil are: Avianca, Copa, Iberia, KLM, LAN Airlines, Delta, TAME.
- A smaller part of your meals.
- Transport from the airport to your first place of the TC.
- In Quito an airport transfer costs $40 and we can arrange it for you.
- Personal expenses.
- $35 reservation fee.
Advise: Try to choose a starting date when the TC starts in Quito. This avoids traveling to another place to join the group just after arriving in Quito. Just the easiest way!
|Quito||Cuenca or Jungle||Manta||Montañita|
|April||22||1 of 29||8||15|
|September||9||27||26||5 or 30|
Important! On the following national holidays the schools will be closed. Missed classes will not be rescheduled or reimbursed:
1st of January, 12th and 13th of February, 30th of March, 10th of August, 12th of October, 2nd of November, 3rd of November, 25th of December, 31st of December
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